Thus far in his bid to win reelection to the U.S. Senate, Sen. Thad Cochran has received support from the state’s agriculture community. Now, a group of farmers is stepping forward to make their pro-Cochran voices louder.
Farmers for Thad, a coalition of Mississippi farmers representing the state’s agricultural production base, has come together to support Cochran’s bid for reelection in advance of the June 24 runoff.
The coalition, led by farmers Danny Murphy and Jeremy Jack, is calling attention to the importance of agriculture to Mississippi and the significant victories won for the state by Cochran as former chairman and current ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.
“Agriculture is a huge part of Mississippi’s economy,” said Murphy. “It employs almost a third of all Mississippians and contributes $7.5 billion to our state’s economy. Throughout his 30-plus years as our senator, Thad Cochran has kept Mississippi agriculture his top priority. In turn, we’re calling on our friends, neighbors, customers and fellow farmers to stand up for Sen. Cochran on June 24.”
Farmers for Thad points specifically to the new farm bill, the Agricultural Act of 2014 and to the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 as only the most recent examples of legislation with which Sen. Cochran has placed the interests of Mississippi’s 42,300 farms at the forefront of his work.
“As a young producer, I am grateful to farm in a state that is represented by a strong supporter of agriculture,” said Jack. “I have seen Sen. Cochran’s hard work and determination to make sure Mississippi farmers and Mississippi agriculture is well represented in Washington. Recently Sen. Cochran championed the Farm Bill and the WRRDA Bill that pay direct dividends for Mississippians. The farm bill protects farmers from volatile weather conditions, which have led to both droughts and flooding in so many rural Mississippi communities in recent years; and the WRRDA bill creates jobs in our state by investing in the waterways and ports that we use to bring our products to market. What’s equally important, too, is that both of these laws make great strides for Mississippi farmers while reducing wasteful spending and streamlining government programs.”